Personnel includes: Mike E. (rap vocals, guitar); Tom Hemby, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Mark Douthit (saxophone); Dwayne Adell (piano); Greg Philinganes, George Duke (keyboards); Cedric Dent (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Ben Tankard, Joe Hogue (keyboards, programming); Mervyn Warren (piano, keyboards, drums, programming, background vocals); Victor Caldwell, Jackie Street (bass); James Blair, Ricky Lawson (drums); Donna McElroy, Bob Bailey, Vicki Hampton, Chris Willis (background vocals).
Producers include: Mervyn Warren, George Duke, David Pack, Take 6, Gary D. Hines.
Engineers include: Tony Sheppard, Erik Zobler, Barry Rudolph.
Personnel: Jamecia Bennett (vocals, soprano); Core Cotton, Carrie Harrington (vocals, alto); Terrence Frierson, Patricia Lacy, Kimberly Brown (vocals, tenor, tenor saxophone); James F. Wright (vocals, baritone); David B. Young, Michael L. Bowens (vocals, bass voice); Mervyn Warren (vocals, piano, keyboards, drums, programming, drum programming, background vocals); Richard Smallwood (vocals, keyboards, programming); Donna McElroy, Howard Hewett, Angela Wright, Patti Austin, Take 6, Vicki Hampton, Chris Willis, Kim Fleming, Bob Bailey (vocals, background vocals); Commissioned, Daryl Coley, Jackie Ruffin, Dianne Reeves, Melvin Warren, Dennis Sawyers, Caroline Evans, Carolene Evans, Janice Chandler Eteme, David Young, Pat Lacu, Michael Weeks, David Young , Darlene Simmons, Al Jarreau, Michelle Weeks, The Richard Smallwood Singers, Stevie Wonder, Tevin Campbell, The Boys Choir of Harlem, The Clark Sisters , Tramaine Hawkins (vocals); Mike-E (rap vocals, guitar); Leaders of the New School (rap vocals); Jayne Bell, Jayn Bell Porter, Angela Henderson, Cherly Reeves, Sandra Harris, Dorothy Brown, Manecia Bennett, Renee McCall, Elizabeth J. Turner, Wanda Lewis, Ann Nesby (soprano); Jennifer Whitlock (alto, brass); Dorothy J. Townes, Shirley Marie Graham, Beverly Mahto, Alecia Russell, Dorothy Shelby, Valerie Johnson (alto); Robert Edwards, Russell Knighton (tenor, tenor saxophone); Bill Airey Smith, Dr. Robert Jones, Bill Smith , Craig Taylor, Craig "Niteman" Taylor (tenor); Trenon Graham, Billy Steele (baritone); Freddie Winston, Rev. Joseph Young, Jr. (bass voice); Paul Jackson, Jr. , Tom Hemby (guitar); Daniel Kobialka (violin); Kirk Whalum, Mark Douthit (saxophone, brass); Bob Mintzer (saxophone); Eberhard Ramm, Leslie Norton (French horn); Dennis Good, Chuck Findley, George Bohannon, Dan Higgins , Gary Grant, George Bohanon, Gerald Albright, Jerry Hey, Larry Williams , Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Hall , Robert Green, Sam Levine , Chris McDonald, Tom "Bones" Malone, Jeff Bailey , Charles Loper, Denis Solee, George Tidwell, Lew McCreary, William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. , Michael Haynes (brass); Michael O. Jackson (piano, organ, keyboards, drum programming); Dwayne Adell (piano); Fred Vaughn (organ); Charles Mims, Jr. (keyboards, synthesizer); Greg Phillinganes (keyboards, bass synthesizer, percussion, background vocals); Robert Sadin (keyboards, keyboard bass, programming, drum programming); Fred Hammond (keyboards, keyboard bass, drum programming); William Kennedy (keyboards, drums); David Pack (keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Mark Kibble (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Joe Hogue, Ben Tankard, Bryant Pugh, Cedric Dent (keyboards, programming); Eddie Howard, Jr. , Timothy Carpenter, George Duke, Russell Ferrante (keyboards); Steve Croes (Synclavier); Chuck Tilley, James Blair , Ricky Lawson (drums); Eric Darken (tambourine); Elmore Brantly, Terry McMillan, Rock Deadrick, Mustafa Abdul-Aleem (percussion); Dave Darlington, Jeffrey K. Dovner (programming); Mark Hammons, Mark Hammond (drum programming); Jim Gilstrap, Phil Perry, Roy Galloway, Sounds of Blackness, Raymond Davis, Gayle Mayes (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Flam; David Pack; Erik Zobler; Lisa Keller; Jess Sutcliffe; John Jaszcz; Mike McCarthy ; Mick Guzauski; Ray Bardani; Steve Hodge ; Axel Niehaus; Tony Shepperd.
Liner Note Authors: Gail Hamilton; Mervyn Warren; Norman Miller.
Recording information: A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; Bass Hit; Chung King; Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Flyte Tyme studios, Edina, MN; Hummingbird Recording, Nashville, TN; La Gonk's West, Los Angeles, CA; Mama Jo's Studio, North Hollywood, CA; Mama Jo's Studios, NY; Nighingale Studios, Nashville, TN; Nightingale Studios, Nashville, TN; Omega; Omni Studio, Nashville, TN; OMNI Studios, Nashville, TN; Pack's Place, LA, CA; Pack's Place, Los Angeles, CA; Platinum Island; Power Station; Quad Studios, Nashville, TN; RPM; Sixteenth Avenue Sound, Nashville, TN; Star Gem, Nashville, TN; The Enterprise, Burbank, CA; Track Record, Los Angeles, CA; Track Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA; Woodland Digital, Nashville, TN.
Director: Walter J. Turnbull.
Ensembles: Leaders of the New School; The Richard Smallwood Singers; The Clark Sisters ; Yellowjackets.
Illustrator: Martin Ansolabehere.
Unknown Contributor Role: Bob McChesney.
Arrangers: David Pack; Michael O. Jackson; Dwayne Adell; Gary Hines; George Duke; Charles Mims, Jr.; Greg Phillinganes; Shelton Kilby; Joe Hogue; Mark Kibble; Mervyn Warren; Patti Austin; Richard Smallwood; Yellowjackets; Robert Sadin; Cedric Dent .
Contemporary soul-pop artists, including Patti Austin, Tevin Campbell, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jone, Take 6, Howard Hewett, and Dianne Reeves, take a pop-song approach to Handel's classic Christmas oratorio. Handel's wonderful melodies are updated with synthesizers, drum machines, and slick pop production from Quincy Jones and Take 6's Mervyn Warren. ~ All Music Guide